Manzanar Committee Statement On 2016 Presidential Election and its Aftermath

LOS ANGELES — The 2016 Presidential election has unleashed thoughts, feelings and acts that are antithetical to our democracy. Blatant racism and xenophobia are on the rise, including a dramatic increase in anti-Asian racism, and hundreds of hateful incidents, along with unconstitutional calls to ban or deport immigrants and Muslims—all of this grips our country. At the same time, an emboldened alt-right, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, among many other hate-based organizations, threaten our society and our democratic traditions.

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Manzanar Committee Applauds Inyo County For Taking Important Step Towards Protecting Manzanar, Owens Valley From Large-Scale Renewable Energy Development

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LOS ANGELES — On May 6, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move their Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA) to the next step, which will be to draft a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report.

The amendment no longer includes the Owens Valley as a “Renewable Energy Development Area,” (REDA) where large-scale, industrial solar energy facilities would be allowed.

The Manzanar Committee joined with the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley, the Bishop Paiute Tribe, the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, the Owens Valley Committee and residents of the Owens Valley and Los Angeles in opposing the REGPA when it was passed on to the Board of Supervisors by the Inyo County Planning Commission on February 26, primarily because much of the Owens Valley was included as a REDA.

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Manzanar NHS Hosts Special Events For Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25-27, 2014

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Visitors are invited to experience art, music, dance, talks, and more. All events are free.

On Friday, April 25, the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Eastern California Museum. Located at 155 Grant Street in Independence, the museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a centennial retrospective on the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Norman Clyde exhibit, and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily. The visitor center offers extensive exhibits and an award-winning film, as well as special Junior Ranger activities for kids. The Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale is on display through mid-July.

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Manzanar NHS Earns Coveted Award For Garden Restoration Work

The following was excerpted from two press releases from the National Park Service.


Block 12 Mess Hall Garden at Manzanar National Historic Site, after restoration.
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INDEPENDENCE, CA — The Society for History in the Federal Government has presented the 2014 John Wesley Powell Prize for Outstanding Historic Preservation to Manzanar National Historic Site for the restoration of the mess hall garden in Block 12.

The award stated that the Manzanar restoration project, which entailed uncovering and restoring the Japanese garden’s pond, stream, rock pathways, hills, waterfall, fencing, and other landscaping features and trees was, “…judged to be an excellent example of preservation and interpretation of cultural resources associated with the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II. Through a combination of archaeological survey, historic photograph analysis, oral history, and historical document research, Manzanar’s staff and volunteers recreated a symbol of resilience, beauty, and peace within the larger landscape of racial prejudice.”

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